I have the CAM V3 installed. Looking to add an OUTDOOR WYZE CAM. I have a Modem from Xfinity, I attached to CAT cable to my LINKSYS router. All the ports on the LINKSYS ROUTER are filled. When I install the OUTDOOR WYZE, I see my Xfinity modem has an extra CAT port, was wondering if this is where the cable for the Outdoor would go, since there is no available open port on the Linksys ROuter. Finally, there is a Xfinity password, and a Linksys password for the router and wireless conections…do I use the Xfinity password to log in the OUTDOOR? Any problems with the above and connecting.??
You can try it. It all depends on the modem. Some modems do have multiple functioning out-ports. Worst case scenario, if you don’t have enough ethernet ports, the WCO base station will connect by WiFi instead if needed. It’s been a while since I tried set up, but if set up forces you to use an ethernet cable to initially set it up, then just unplug one of the other cords while you do set up, then enable the wireless, and plug the other cord back in. But it is quite possible you can just plug it into the modem directly if you’re seeing an extra port. Go ahead and try it. If it doesn’t work, then do the other option until you switch it to wireless.
The sure bet would be to simply purchase an Ethernet switch and add it to your Linksys router. They are not expensive.
When you get it, just unplug one of the current Ethernet cables from the router, plug the switch in, and then plug the item you removed and the WCO base station into the switch.
Thank you, I had that suggestion from a few others…BUT, Someone noted that adding a Switch would mean a diminished speed to all other devices?
Thanks Carver…I"ll give it a try…concerned about losing speed if I got the switch route.
If your connection between your router to your modem and the ports on the back of your router are all gigabit, that is highly unlikely. First of all, unless your internet connection is gigabit or faster, gigabit wired ports would already be faster than your internet connection as a whole.
Also, the WCO base station is only a 100Mbps connection, and actually only uses a fraction of that. If you have another device like that (most video streaming devices), you could plug it into the same switch and see no decrease in speed.
You are already dividing your internet connection by both the number of wired ports and wireless connections you have. Frankly, added the WCO base via wireless is more likely to affect speed of other devices as WiFi has to deal with collisions, while switched Ethernet does not.
I have to wonder if the person that thought adding a switch would diminish speed to other devices is an old-timer that is thinking about an Ethernet hub instead of a switch, or if they simply don’t understand how Ethernet switches work.
I concur with @LonnieM giving a good analysis as to why using a switch will not really make a negative impact difference in speed.
Wired is almost always better than wireless, and it would only make a potential difference if you internet speed is at least 1Gbps and even then it probably wouldn’t matter. I do have a connection of 1Gbps (both up and down) and it’s still almost impossible for any 1 of my devices to use the entire bandwidth because of limits of those I connect to. Then most of my devices don’t use anywhere near that amount at their individual maximums. As was said, the WCO base basically never uses more than a couple Mbps anyway, and having it wired through a switch does not negatively impact my network at all. On the contrary, it is much more stable and makes everything better than connecting wirelessly. Wireless is just for convenience and to save costs from buying a switch, but I guarantee a wired switch is absolutely better than wireless and will have no perceivable difference on your network. I can attest this from personal experience both having 1Gbps now, and when I only had 25Mbps last year. Wired is always better… But wireless is convenient and saves from having to buy a switch.
And don’t get me wrong, it will also work fine by wireless, especially if you have fewer than 50 devices using wireless, otherwise you might need an advanced router to handle the load of too many devices. So you’ll be fine either way you go. I just want to make sure you know a switch isn’t going to impact your speeds in any meaningful or noticeable way.
Thanks…appreciate the thoughts/comments.